Sunday, November 25, 2012
I have said before and will again: Every single problem facing Patriots today has been asked and answered already. We have the blueprint for recovering Liberty. I am not writing this post to debate any of my assertions, so please don't bother. The only thing I want to hear at the end of this post is: Does the proposal improve our odds of success, or not? Do we move forward on this path, or not?
I am proposing the below and I want everyone to know that I am still deciding if *I* will move forward. I don't want to waste anyone's time, resources or energy. I want to make sure we can actually accomplish something useful. I want to make sure we do no harm. Two of those minimums are as I stated below: TL and CA must sign on publicly and serve in the Congress. So your comments are helping me decide as well. If I am going to sign on, there are certain minimums upon which I will insist, or someone else can take point.
But since no one else is doing that - taking point - here I go again.
The organization should be modeled after the Continental Congress, and called the III Congress. The political party should be known as III Patriots Party.
Patriots band together under the III Brand with a nationally recognized organization that will serve multiple purposes. The goal of the organization is to grow our ranks, build morale and cohesion, establish a legitimate political presence, ratify our political platform, serve as a venue for Patriots from across the country to meet, coordinate, plan, network, establish mutual defense agreements, protocols, tripwires, et cetera, and otherwise further the goals of Liberty. If the Platform is a broad-brush plan of action, then the national organization should be prepared to issue calls to action and to provide for legal defense funds and aid for families of Patriots who are incapable of providing while performing their duties. "Calls to Action" should be designed to raise awareness and add to the noise being made by secessionists. One example: III Liberty stickers on designated targets in response to a specific act of Government, etc. Low risk, high PR reward. Mock and ridicule TPTB and the system they advocate. The Congress should have the power to vote on such calls to action and issue the order. We need to make the notion of "Resist" a verb and a daily, tangible act.
The original Continental Congress offered legitimacy to the Sons of Liberty.
The organization should seek political legitimacy by seeking addition to the recognized political parties of the 50 states. Idaho requires 14,000 signatures, and we will have genuine Constitutional legitimacy, whether you think that matters or not, most of the people who will (or will not) support the III DO care about Constitutional legitimacy.
The organization shall officially advocate the Restoration of the Constitution and government restraint based on the DoI, Constitution as ratified, including the BoR. Every Amendment after ratification should be re-introduced. I can make the argument that every Amendment ratified post RevWarII was done so by an illegal and invalid Government that illegally overthrew the Constitutional Government of America. If you have goals other than Restoration - keep them to yourself until after we hit Restoration.
The organization should be Membership based with monthly dues of $10 per Patriot, funds to be used to further the reach of the organization, accomplish its goals, and service the aforementioned defense & PR funds.
The organization should be organized by state. Patriots from each state will be responsible for electing delegates to the organization, growing their members, training, networking, getting petitions signed to get on the state ballot, et cetera.
In the early days, members of the Congress should be any III Patriot who chooses to be seated at the table. As we grow, each group within a given state should send one delegate to represent the group. Not all members, obviously, will be interested in serving in the Congress, but simply as Members. Not all groups are willing to expose themselves, but perhaps they can participate by proxy.
All delegates are equal, and all votes of the congress require 2/3 to pass. Some sort of quorum standard should be set.
All members shall sign a public post/thread affirming the oath to protect & defend the Constitution, and anything done by a member to injure the goal of restoration shall be grounds for impeachment by the Congress.
Ranks: I suggest all Members hold some sort of militia type rank, even delegates in Congress. However, the rank means nothing in Congress itself, when in session they are delegates only. When they go home to their group, the rank engages.
I think that is enough of a thumbnail minimum.
Since this effort is designed to bring unity to the III/Liberty movement, I would suggest that anyone willing to take the oath and abide the rules is welcome and should be invited, including MBV, Bill Nye, AP, Mullenax, Baugh, Wirecutter, et cetera. I have secured IIICongress (blog) and the rule on that blog should be zero tolerance for ad hominem attacks. Attacking ad hominem = immediate impeachment and public rebuke by ALL members/delegates. Of course, anyone may say anything they like on their own site, but at the III Congress site, decorum matters. The original Continental Congress had mortal enemies in their ranks, if we claim to be their heirs, then we'd better damned well act like it.
Local Local Local is happening, far more than many may realize. I think a properly run national can help build the local so long as it is a genuine Congress, not a Command Center.
It has been said that real men do not need Leaders. I won't argue that point. But real men must work together to achieve Liberty, or it will die. If you are worried about a Fed behind every tree and in every meeting, it's time for you to grasp the notion that you have no secrets anyway - and Patriotism should not be practiced in the shadows and darkness of basements, in ciphers and codes. Liberty demands that we stand tall, sign our names to our work, and fuck anyone who doesn't like it. They won't like it. So what? Isn't that why we are doing any of this work - to send such Enemies of Liberty packing? They are coming for you anyway, stand up and let 'em come.
As you consider this post, let's not try to work out minutia, let's paint with broad brushes and save the details for other threads. Right now, what's your gut?
I intend to live my life in such a manner that John Parker would welcome me at his shoulder, and I don't care who knows it.
Posted by Kerodin at 11:29 PM